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The Gift of Life (Josephine Moon, Michael Joseph) 

28 February 2019
In her latest novel, Josephine Moon poses the question, ‘How much of the original donor travels with their donated organs?’ The story follows Gabby, the recent recipient of a heart...

Baz & Benz (Heidi McKinnon, A&U) 

7 February 2019
The titular Baz and Benz are a pair of owls: a small blue one and a larger green one. At the start of the book, they agree wholeheartedly that they...

52 Mondays (Anna Ciddor, A&U) 

7 February 2019
52 Mondays is the latest middle-grade novel from Anna Ciddor, written in the same classic storytelling tradition as her previous work, The Family with Two Front Doors. A fictionalised account...

Catch a Falling Star (Meg McKinlay, Walker Books)

7 February 2019
It’s the late 1970s in rural Western Australia, and 12-year-old Frankie’s life isn’t always easy. Her mother works all the time, so Frankie looks after her very smart but not...

You Must Be Layla (Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Penguin)

7 February 2019
Thirteen-year-old Layla has landed a scholarship at a prestigious private school where no one looks like her. She’s a creative kid who loves singing and making jewellery, but many of...

Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany, Text) 

1 February 2019
The name of Carrie Tiffany’s third book, Exploded View, refers to the type of diagram found in technical manuals that shows the spaces between each individual part and how they...

Hare’s Fur (Trevor Shearston, Scribe) 

1 February 2019
Russell Bass is a professional potter in his seventies, leading a quiet and solitary life in the Blue Mountains following the death of his wife. While gathering basalt for his...

Black is the New White (Nakkiah Lui, A&U) 

1 February 2019
Black is the New White is the play script of a contemporary romantic comedy written for the stage by Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman Nakkiah Lui. Young couple Charlotte...

Stranger Country (Monica Tan, A&U) 

1 February 2019
At first it’s hard to know how to interpret Monica Tan’s intention to discover ‘the Australia lying beyond her hometown’ and to ‘learn about Aboriginal Australia’ as she travels on...

Islands (Peggy Frew, A&U) 

1 February 2019
Peggy Frew shows her trademark flair for bringing complex domestic lives to the fore in her latest novel Islands. At first the book seems to have more in common with...

Highway Bodies (Alison Evans, Echo) 

12 December 2018
Alison Evans follows up their award-winning debut Ida with a refreshingly Australian zombie apocalypse story suitable for older teens. Sprawling across both rural and urban Victoria, Highway Bodies thrusts readers...

Into the Fire (Sonia Orchard, Affirm Press) 

29 November 2018
Sonia Orchard’s second work of literary fiction, Into the Fire, is a distinctly Australian novel. Descriptions of smoky blue-green gums that paint a vivid picture of rural Victoria are balanced...

Fridays with My Folks (Amal Awad, Vintage) 

29 November 2018
In her fifth nonfiction book, journalist Amal Awad investigates ageing in Australia from her perspective as an adult daughter grappling with a parent’s decline. Woven into her analysis is the...

Accidental Feminists (Jane Caro, MUP) 

29 November 2018
Jane Caro grew up in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s—the heyday of second-wave feminism. In her latest work of nonfiction, she paints a picture of the everyday women and...

Invented Lives (Andrea Goldsmith, Scribe) 

29 November 2018
On the streets of St Petersburg in 1985, Galina bumps into Andrew, an irrevocably shy Australian artist. Soon, she is on a plane to Melbourne in search of freedom. As...